Project Power is a new Netflix original starring big names such as Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon Levett, and Machine Gun Kelly, just to name a few. Aside from the star-studded cast, this film shines a light on the power of the sidekick, Robin, played by the new actress to watch, Dominque Fishback. Not only does the film give us a black protagonist whose back story is more than a racially driven one, but it demonstrates that having superpowers isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Nearly everyone is trying to get their paws on these pills that promise five minutes of pure, possibly deadly power—everyone, that is, except for Robin, the teen drug dealer. As our famously named sidekick joins in on the adventure of a lifetime, it’s almost baffling to concede she never takes a pill herself.
To understand the importance of this fact, we have to better understand the role Robin plays in the development of the movie. Project Power has strong commentary on the fact that power is very rarely distributed equally among the people but rather given back to those who already possess much of it. Robin is one of many living in the ruins of New Orleans who does not get her fair share of power. She is told often by society and even her own teacher that she will amount to nothing. Of course, after hearing that your whole life you’re bound to believe it sooner or later. So, what does someone who supposedly has no future and is strapped for cash do? Usually, something illegal. Through Robin, we see not only the effects of a corrupt system set up to bring people down, especially young people of color, but we’re also able to see the importance of acknowledging the strength we have within ourselves. Robin’s “superpower” in the film is her music.
I know,sounds kind of cliche, but her love for music is more than just her ability to freestyle at the dropof hat. It gives her something to hold onto, something to hope for and look towards. Thisultimately saves Robin from spiraling down the rabbit hole of bad decisions.Robin also values family. Like many, she’d do anything for her family be it blood or chosen. Thisis what gets her into the conundrum in the first place. She is without a father and Art, played byJamie Foxx, is without a daughter. Her fearlessness and confidence in her ability is unlockedand reaches new heights as she becomes more and more convinced that both Art and Frank,portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, have her back and will literally jump in front of bullets forher.All these things contribute to Robin’s ability to run with the big dogs and still come out on top.She demonstrates that power is not something you can buy and that the talents you haveshould never be hidden.